Why Humanities? 2018 Competition Winner

Why Humanities? Competition


2021 Why Humanities Contest Opens October 8, 2021 

Topic this year is "Why Do Humanities Matter In A Post Recovery World?"

The Humanities are defined as the study and expression of human experience and meaning via philosophy, literature, history, the arts, religion, politics, language, et cetera…

Make a case for the Humanities and why it matters in a text (up to 500 words) or video (up to 2 minutes).  Entries can be in any genre (an essay, rant, song, poem, audio, video, spoken word…). The winner will be chosen by a panel of the HRG Advisory Board, and the prize will go to the most persuasive, original, inspired, and creative entry.

Congratulations to the 2020 "Why do the Humanities matter in times of crisis?" winner Mina Wiebe from the Department of English and Creative Writing

Congratulations to the 4 finalists:

  • Abigail Daniel
  • Gabriella Krystia
  • Alex-Andrei Ungurenasu
  • Ruby Urlocker

Thanks to the Office of the President and Office of the Provost's generous support for sponsoring this award.


Finalists in the 2018 edition of the Why Humanities? Competition at Pizza with the Prez
Photo: Some of the finalists and their family members at Pizza with the Prez 2018.